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March 15, 2024


That Messrs McAuley and Stewart could have concocted 16 poems [hoax or not] over the course of a Saturday shows that something quite extraordinary was happening in their joint imagination. The very intensity that must have been present at Victoria Barracks that day. Were they ever as creative? Certainly McAuley wrote poetry that is still anthologised, ranging from his early enjoyable satiric mode to formal, serious religious works of a conservative Roman Catholic convert, though his Collected Poems is now I believe well out of print. Ern of course continues to be at the least anthologised and so he should be.

Of course the poet and poets that continue to come to mind re McAuley/Stewart/Malley is Fernando Pessoa and his extraordinary heteronyms: Senhors Caeiro, de Campos, and Reis. One wonders what McAuley and Stewart would have made of both him and them.

Completely agree with Alan Wearne, who knows whereof he speaks.

I always thought Ern Malley was real.

Gerrit Cole Porter: you never did!!!! Btw, how's your arm?

I bid a farewell to arms, said Venus.

Infinitive, I think.

I agree with you, Bruce.

Hoaxter, joaxster, poem in the toaster!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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